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KATIC IS HEAD-MASTER AS GERS TRIUMPH

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RANGERS wrecked Celtic’s 100 per cent Premiership record with a 2-1 victory to move within two points of the eight-in-in-a-row champions with a game in hand.

Nikola Katic headed in the points-clincher in the 56th minute to give Steven Gerrard’s side their first win at Parkhead since 2010.

There can be no complaints from the Hoops who struggled for the majority of the game and also squandered a penalty-kick when the match was balanced at 0-0 when Ryan Christie saw his effort beaten away by the sprawling Allan McGregor at his left-hand post in the 32nd minute.

Ryan Kent put the visitors ahead four minutes later with a superb first-time drive that zaipped past the helpless Fraser Forster and thumped into the back of the net via his right-hand post.

The advantage only lasted five minutes as Odsonne Edouard equalised for the home side after Callum McGregor’s shot deflected off the Frenchman.

Controversial Colombian Alfredo Morelos was sent off in stoppage time after he was adjudged to have dived by referee Kevin Clancy while already on a yellow card.

Neil Lennon’s men went into the game on the back of 11 straight wins, but Gers started on the front foot as the hosts were sloppy in possession.

Forster saved two efforts from Morelos and also had to deny Steven Davis with a good stop with his feet after Celtic failed to clear from a corner.

Celtic then had a great chance to take the lead when Katic was adjudged to have fouled Christopher Jullien in the box from a corner, but McGregor got down brilliantly to save Christie’s effort.

Davis then had to be alert to clear a Kristoffer Ajer header off the line as the hosts increased the pressure.

Morelos had a wonderful chance to score his first goal against Celtic in 12 games five minutes after the break, but he belted Barisic’s cross high over the bar.

Katic went close to connecting to Barisic’s corner a few minutes later, but made no mistake with the follow-up delivery, rising well above everyone in the box to power his header past Forster who remained motionless as the ball thudded behind him.

Davis was then on hand to once again clear a header off the line – this time Jullien going close – before Odsonne Edouard brought out an excellent save from McGregor.

Morelos then picked up a yellow card for a foul on Scott Brown with five minutes remaining and was ordered off in stoppage time for a second yellow card for trying to win a penalty.

It was a typical Glasgow derby with a lot of effort from noth sides, but on the day the visitors did enough to make the title race highly interesting.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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